In House #1668: The Long Winters' Putting the Days to Bed; New Sleepy Jackson, Yo La Tengo
John Roderick's Long Winters return tomorrow with their third full-length release, entitled Putting the Days to Bed. The album is another batch of soaring, spell-binding indie-pop from Roderick, who you might say has a way with a pop hook and is quickly becoming the West Coast's Joe Pernice. The new effort is the band's follow-up to 2003's When I Pretend to Fall, an album that some of you may recall was identified by this show as one of the best five releases of the year. Things have changed a bit for the new go-around, however, as the Winters are without the keyboards and soaring harmonies of Sean Nelson-- a major part of the last album's appeal. While Nelson is now doing his own thing with Harvey Danger, Roderick has soldiered on with solid tunes like "Hindsight," and "Fire Island, AK," while introducing a new flavor or two in songs like "Sky Is Open." His inner singer-songwriter also emerges with more stripped-down numbers like "Clouds." The release is the Long Winters' third on Seattle's Barsuk label.
In House #1668.
Focus: New release from the Long Winters, Putting the Days to Bed, out tomorrow, plus new music from the Sleepy Jackson, Yo La Tengo, Pernice Brothers and more.
Long Winters, from Putting the Days to Bed: "Pushover" (MP3)
The Spectacular Fantastic, from their new free ep:
"California" (MP3) and "Echo Mountain" (MP3)
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